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July 22, 2019

We’ve already headed into the sweltering days of summer! High humidity combined with record temperatures create a phenomenon known in Chinese Medicine as “Summer Heat with Dampness.”  


During these hot humid days you might experience: irritability, dizziness, heaviness in the head (like a wet towel wrapped around your forehead), fogginess, confusion, a dragging sensation in your limbs, profuse sweating (as your pores open wide to help cool you off), nausea and lack of appetite.

If you have a...

July 15, 2019

Summer is HOT. And summer is generally the most social time of year! Sometimes the intensity of expending so much energy with potlucks, bbqs, picnics, concerts, and even vacations can start to wear us down. 

That’s why it’s necessary to come back to our own experience and to move through this season of maximum expansion (maximum heat and light) with an awareness of what we really need. 

While it feels wonderful to expand outwards, to enjoy more daylight and perhaps a more jam-packed social s...

July 1, 2019

Happy summer! It’s not just calendar-time summer. I’m starting to feel the full blossoming of the heart that summertime entails in Chinese Medicine theory. It’s the season of the Fire element, of warmth and connection.

A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Penn Museum Summer Solstice event called ‘Self-Care in the Summertime.” I really enjoyed helping participants create a personalized self-care action plan. This talk is based on my self-care workbook, which you can download from my website...

July 18, 2018

Though we had a cold and breezy spring this year, summer in Philly never disappoints in terms of its sweltering temperatures, steamy sidewalks, and heat-induced malaise. In Chinese Medicine, “summer heat” merits its own category as one of six external factors that can attack the body when temperatures run too high.

The symptoms of what Chinese Medicine calls a “summer heat attack” look a lot like heat stroke. If you find your pulse racing, are dizzy, feel super flushed, or if you stop sweat...

July 1, 2018

I recently received this text from a patient I have only seen a couple of times.

“Hi Monica! I just wanted to tell you that, despite my lower back hurting, I was just able to walk about a mile in Mt Airy for a music festival. I was never able to walk that far without sitting down 20 times. There was no sciatic pain on the right side going down my leg and no foot numbness on my right foot. I owe that to you.”

Helping people heal and watching them get stronger, feel more empowered, have less p...

June 8, 2018

For several years now, I’ve been walking by a store near my house called The Nesting House, a children’s consignment store that also has some thoughtfully-selected new items as well. I recently had a friend who is pregnant come visit me, so I finally had an excuse to stop in and explore.

The West Philly location of The Nesting House (they also have locations in South Philly, Mt. Airy, and Collingswood, NJ, or you can order many of their inventory online!) is a true delight. It’s beautifully...

October 9, 2017

Autumn can be a challenging time of year. The energy of summer (which is a lovely spreading feeling, that expansive sense of time) has fallen way to the energy of late summer (the time of the harvest, when the crops are taken in and we have a sense of having everything we need) and now we're entering the energy of autumn.

In autumn, everything begins moving downwards. The leaves fall from the trees. Nature is getting ready for winter, when the sap moves to the very center of the tree and st...

June 29, 2016

Flowers always help my heart feel connected to love. Whether I’m happy, or sad, or depleted, or joyful, I often turn to flowers to meet my needs for beauty and comfort and for that feeling of being “plugged-in” and part of the world.

I think it’s because flowers spring forth from the humility of the earth and represent creativity and perseverance to me. Plants never question if they should grow or not. They just keep reaching towards the light.

As we head into summer, the season of peak perf...

June 14, 2016

Many of the people I work with in my practice self-identify as “ruminators” or “anxious,” and  many people come to me to get help working with rising levels of anxiety, worry, and fatigue.

One of the ways I work with this in my own life, and in the lives of my clients, is by teaching people to lean-in to how they feel, and by teaching them how authenticity can function as a solution to anxiety.

A client was recently expressing fear, anxiety, and worry about her default reaction of feeling li...

June 1, 2016

 We're starting to teeter from Spring (the time of vision and planning in Chinese Medicine) to Summer (the time of relationships and the heart).

 

One beautiful way to honor someone you love is to really listen in without judgment and honor their vision.

 

As a professional helper, I hold myself to a high standard (as best I can) around really listening to my clients, figuring out where their resistance is, what they're wanting, and where they're getting stuck, so that I can help them figure o...

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